constructed in particular historical moments and contexts, and they may be constructed to serve the interests of some people. Usually come to have a social policy or political agenda
4 forms of social problems for kids (Joel Best)
1.rebelliousness: a fear adolescents are out of control. 2.deprivation: kids who have problems because of their circumstances, usually poverty 3.sickness: polio, SIDS, autism, ADHD 4.victims: of kidnapping, of molestation, of abuse, of daycare, of violence, etc.
Media Construction of Social Problems
1. Illustrate the problem with an awful example 2. give the problem a name ("school shootings") 3. use statistics to suggest the problem's size and importance
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